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Reports: Lions sign safety Don Carey through 2016

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The Lions have reportedly signed a key defensive reserve through 2016.

According to Sean Yuille of, the Lions have signed safety Don Carey to a three-year contract extension with base salaries of $730,000 in 2014, $745,000 in 2015 and $760,000 in 2016.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Carey also received a signing bonus of $800,000 in the contract, which was signed in December.

Carey, 26, notched 30 tackles in 14 games for Detroit this season. He started three games as an extra defensive back, and he was one of the Lions’ primary special-teams players.

A sixth-round pick of the Browns in 2009, Carey has started 19 regular-season games in his NFL career.

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13 Responses to “Reports: Lions sign safety Don Carey through 2016”
  1. jimnaizeeum says: Jan 10, 2014 7:26 PM

    Drew’s brother from another mother?

  2. willnit says: Jan 10, 2014 7:48 PM

    Delmas sucks!

  3. realnflmaster says: Jan 10, 2014 7:49 PM

    Lol! This guy wouldn’t even make the JETS 53.

  4. weaselpuppy says: Jan 10, 2014 8:12 PM

    That’s ok, no one on the Jets offense would make the Lions roster.

    Carey is a nice backup that plays fine in space and is insurance in case one of your CB goes down (which happens often in Lion land, as they have had 2 seasons in the past 10 where they have played 15 or more DBs in a season).

    Nice move Mayhew. Now just don’t let that signing pen anywhere near Pettigrew. Take it directly to Joique Bell, do not pass go.

  5. dtownsportslions says: Jan 10, 2014 8:20 PM

    Delmas = Cap casualty

  6. gforce90 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:22 PM

    Prior to signing Carey I assume the Lions were required to try out non- African American players at that position right? The league is made up of 70% black players, non-black players deserve a try out too, right Fritz Pollard Alliance?

  7. phillyphannnn83 says: Jan 10, 2014 8:43 PM

    Can’t wait for strategyexpert’s 4 paragraph dissertation on the importance and effectiveness of the safety position in the modern incarnation of the NFL and why Don Carey is the ultimate embodiment of what a real NFL safety is.

  8. Tedskro says: Jan 10, 2014 8:50 PM


    The Jets picked up Aaron Berry… most defensive backs could make that roster

  9. razzlejag says: Jan 10, 2014 9:01 PM

    The Jaguars stole Don Carey from the Browns a few years ago. Stole him.

  10. radioactivechimp says: Jan 11, 2014 12:19 AM

    I would rather have Don Cherry. At least he’s a snazzy dresser.

  11. lionzblue says: Jan 11, 2014 12:51 AM

    Good signing. Nice insurance policy for Delmas. Only thing is you usually wait until after you get your coaches and coordinator’s before making personnel signings right?

  12. dino2997 says: Jan 11, 2014 1:20 AM


  13. timmmah10 says: Jan 13, 2014 10:04 AM

    I could see Delmas cut and resigned for a good price. (since his 2 year deal pretty much called for that if he stayed healthy) I don’t think he’ll lost due to the cap. He was very good this season, and was healthy. He’ll get a good price from the Lions. Not likely to get paid anywhere else.

    The Lions will be focusing FA money on CBs and WRs. This was a team that lacked coverage skills on Def and shaking coverage on offense (outside of Bush, Bell, and CJ).

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